A Wrongful Death Lawsuit is a Commitment – Are You Ready?

A Wrongful Death Lawsuit is a Commitment – Are You Ready?

You may be surprised to hear this from a lawyer who focuses on personal injury and wrongful death claims, but a wrongful death claim is NOT for everyone. It will require a commitment of both time and energy – probably yours – to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. We write “probably yours,” because it is the […]

Hiring a Lawyer or Other Professional to Serve as Personal Representative

Hiring a Lawyer or Other Professional to Serve as Personal Representative

Sometimes a judge may appoint a personal representative who is not a beneficiary. When this happens, the person appointed is usually a professional who does this sort of thing for a living, often a lawyer. Because it’s a job, the person gets paid. This is usually done when the only beneficiaries are all under 18, […]

How the Personal Representative is Chosen in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

How the Personal Representative is Chosen in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The personal representative has to be approved by a judge. Usually, all of the beneficiaries will agree upon one of them to be the personal representative. There is a specific order that the law states (ORS 113.085) is the preferred way to choose a P.R. Here is the order: Executor named in a will Spouse […]

Wrongful Death Claim: What does Estate mean?

Wrongful Death Claim: What does Estate mean?

When a person dies, and leaves behind anything that is worth money, the law creates an “estate.” If John Doe dies, then it will be called “The Estate of John Doe.” For example, you may sometimes see “Estate Sales,” where the possessions of someone who has passed away are being sold. What has happened, legally, […]

Why Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim

Why Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim

Before discussing wrongful death laws, let us focus for a minute on the propriety of bringing a wrongful death lawsuit in the first place. There are some who think it’s wrong to accept money because someone died. We understand that accepting money due to the death of a loved one can seem wrong. But when […]

Should I Hire A Wrongful Death Attorney for my Case in Oregon?

Should I Hire A Wrongful Death Attorney for my Case in Oregon?

Wrongful death in Oregon is defined as a death “caused by the wrongful act or omission of another”. A typical wrongful death case is caused by a negligent, reckless or intentional act. These actions would be the same as one to support a personal injury claim if the deceased person had lived. The main difference […]